Japan Earthquake Near Fukushima Sparks Tsunami Warning

A strong earthquake hit northern Japan on Wednesday, leaving millions without power.

The 7.3 magnitude quake hit the coast of Fukushima just days after the anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami that ravaged the area in 2011, the Associated Press reported.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings told Reuters that about 2 million households are without power following the earthquake. The Japan Meteorological Agency also issued a tsunami advisory for the area, increasing concern over the quake's dangers 11 years after the Great Tohoku earthquake destroyed 100,000 buildings and caused a level-seven nuclear meltdown, according to Live Science.

The agency's advisory is for a 3-foot tsunami, with Japan's national television station NHK reporting that it might have already hit some areas, according to AP.

Tokyo Electric, the same company that operates the nuclear power plant that dealt with meltdowns in 2011, told Komiya that it is checking for any irregularities at the Fukushima site.

In addition to being a magnitude 7.3, the quake also registered as an "upper six" out of seven on the Japanese seismic intensity scale in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, according to The Japan News. The meteorological agency reported that the quake took place 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) underwater.

While there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the quake could be felt throughout eastern Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo, AP reported.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the government will be looking into the extent of the quake's damage, Reuters reported. Other authorities also warned residents in the Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures that aftershocks are likely, the report added.

Some people in Japan are still recovering from the disaster that took place 11 years ago, with about 1,000 of the people who lost their homes still living in temporary housing, Live Science reported.

The 2011 Great Tohoku earthquake was largely unexpected, with many scientists predicting a smaller earthquake and officials largely ignoring the geologists who predicted the quake would be more devastating, the report added.

The disaster left more than 19,000 people dead, with another more than 6,000 missing, according to the country's Reconstruction Agency. It also completely destroyed more than 120,000 buildings and at least partially destroyed more than 1 million more.

Japan has spent more than $300 billion in its reconstruction efforts, the agency said.

The intensity of Wednesday's earthquake equaled that of the Kobe earthquake of 1995 that killed over 6,000 people, the New York Times reported. But the likely lifesaving difference with Wednesday's quake is that it happened so deep beneath the sea.

Update 3/16/22, 12:37 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information.

Earthquake Hits Northern Japan
An earthquake in Japan on Wednesday left millions without power. Above, people watch the sunrise as they pray for victims of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, on March 11, 2022, the 11th anniversary of the disaster that left more than 18,000 people dead or missing. Photo by STR/Jiji Press/ AFP via Getty Images